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10 tips for treating acne in the summer

Dr. Jennifer Rayburn, internal medicine practitioner for Saint Thomas Health, recommends the following tips for treating acne during the summer.

  • Rinse your face after being outdoors for a long period of time
  • Use brands that say “non comedogenic”
  • Avoid the sun – it can increase the chance of an acne outbreak
  • Use acne masks once a week
  • If you have acne on your body, try avoiding tight fitted clothing
  • Keep your face clean
  • Do not scrub – scrubbing or over-washing can cause skin to be irritated
  • Avoid touching your face as much as possible
    • Don’t lean on or put anything against your face - avoiding touching and allowing objects to touch your face allows bacteria to grow and cause infection
    • Get your hormones tested – acne is a result of an imbalance in your hormones
    • Dandruff is one of the most common causes of acne especially on your forehead and back – ask your dermatologist for a good anti-dandruff shampoo

If acne doesn’t seem to be improving, see a dermatologist to be sure there isn’t something more going on.

Don’t have a primary care physician? Call 1-800-Doctors for a free physician referral or call 615-284-1450 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rayburn. 

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